plep Archive

20th January
Werewolves in prehistoric art?

The Grand Tour: Landscape & Veduta Paintings - Venice & Rome in the 18th Century. 'The artistic involvement with painting the landscape was an extension of the Age of Enlightenment. As man's interest in himself increased, so did his interest in the immediate and ordinary world around him.'
'Although the 18th-century Italian landscapes were studio works, they were based on accurate on-the-spot drawings and oil sketches. In effect, these artists became the precursors of what was to develop as one of the most popular aspects of Western culture, which came to a heightened peak with Impressionism. This trend of painting landscapes that were not structured, classical, balanced and theoretical originated with the vedette or "view" paintings that were a type of naturalistic landscape and cityscape painting made popular in the 18th century ... '

Hermann Hesse: Novelist, Poet, Painter. 'This historic exhibition brought to a U.S. museum for the first time original watercolors by novelist Hermann Hesse, as well as pen-and-ink drawings. The exhibition also included Hesse's brushes, pencils, palette and paint box, a color facsimile of his 1946 Nobel Prize award in Literature, first edition books of Hesse's works, reproductions of letters by Hesse with translations (including correspondence with Carl Jung), photographs of Hesse writing and painting with Thomas Mann, and other personal artifacts ... '

Four from Madrid: Contemporary Spanish Realism.

Athena's Heirs: Four Centuries of Canadian Science and Medicine. 'Scientific knowledge, more than other kinds, is characterized by rapid change. There always seems to be a new theory or a new application that makes the old one obsolete. As science moves on, older scientific instruments are left behind to collect dust in storerooms or are dismantled for their parts. They are often seen as just more useless junk, but this is far from true. Because scientific instruments were there, witnessing science as it happened, they tell us stories about how we have come to understand the world as we do. They tell us about how scientific knowledge is passed from teacher to student (learning science), about how new scientific knowledge is made (doing science), and about how science is used to solve everyday problems (applying science). '
'This exhibit will introduce a few of the historical scientific instruments held in Canadian collections, and the stories they can tell.'

Brass Instrument Psychology at the University of Toronto. 'The instruments displayed in this exhibition represent the earliest research and teaching program in experimental psychology in Canada. They are witnesses to an extraordinary period in the history of philosophy and psychology, when scientitsts started measuring, describing and investigating the contents of our sensations and thoughts. In particular, these instruments derive from the pioneering psychological studies at the University of Toronto carried out between 1891 and 1926. In 1891 James Mark Baldwin (1861-1934) founded the psychology laboratory at the University of Toronto, the first of its kind in the British Commonwealth. This laboratory included the latest instruments and books from Europe. In 1897, August Kirschmann (1860-1932), who had come from Wilhelm Wundt's laboratory in Germany, expanded the laboratory (including new rooms and instruments) and established a thriving research program with a publication series for faculty and students. Edward Alexander Bott (1887-1974), a gifted experimentalist who had trained at Toronto, took over the laboratory in 1912. He continued the traditions begun by Baldwin and Kirschmann and established psychology as an independent department at the university in 1926. ... '

The Acoustical Instruments of Rudolph Koenig (1832-1901). ' is a photographic resource that supports tribal survival, the defense of human rights and cultural autonomy of indigenous people.'
'This web site is a venue for photographers with tribal images who want to offer their work in support of tribal survival.'
Photographers' gallery, images.

Cultures on the Edge. 'An open look at cultural diversity around the world.' Photography.
South Southeast. 'Steve McCurry has been traveling and visiting South and Southeast Asia for over twenty years. Although in his lifetime he has experienced many intriguing people and events, the color, the light and the situations in Asia drive him to return again and again.'
The Andes. 'Pablo Corral Vega's true spirit towards the Andes is evident immediately in his photographs of the region. Kent Kobersteen, Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine writes about Pablo: " He brings to his work a fine aesthetic sense, a thorough journalistic and cultural knowledge of subjects throughout Latin America, as well as a deep respect for the land and people portrayed in his photographs." '

The Mystical Arts of Tibet Featuring Personal Sacred Objects of the Dalai Lama. 'Art is an effort to formalize individual moments of wholeness, harmony, and radiance. The transcending effects of these moments, the energy which discloses the mystery of the universe in responding to our spiritual curiosity, uplift and satisfy the soul's need to question and to speak. The tenderness and the powerful presence of art create an inner sunlit circle in which one is quiet and elated. It is a moment of magic. This exhibit of the mystical art of Tibet is such a crystallized moment. In art and in spiritual life neutrality does not exist.'
Sand mandala.
Buddha Shakyamuni tangka.

Scenes In and Around Kyoto . 'This is the oldest extant version of a genre of folding screen paintings which depict the thriving city of Kyoto in the four seasons. Rekihaku's "Scenes In and Around Kyoto " was painted in the Middle Ages and is often still known as the Machida version or the Sanjo version. Both refer to the names of former collections. Clues in the scenes indicate that the painting was probably executed between 1525 (Taiei 5) and 1536 (Tenbun 5). Each screen measures 183.2 - 342.8 cm. ' (Image intensive).
View of Edo. 'This pair of six-panel screens depicting the city of Edo (Tokyo) and its suburbs and the accomplishments of Tokugawa Iemitsu (the third shogun) provides rare historical material for the early Edo period. There are several theories regarding the date of their creation. Each screen measures 162.5 x 366.0 cm. For conservation purposes, the work is displayed only four weeks a year, from the latter half of April to mid-May. A replica is displayed during limited periods of the year.'

In Praise of the Paintings of the Momoyama Period. 'This Special Exhibition, held in commemoration of the Centennial of the Kyoto National Museum, focuses on the paintings of the Momoyama Period. A unique feature of this exhibition is that most of the exhibits are large screen paintings painted on sliding door-panels or standing screens. Though the Momoyama Period produced many small sized paintings, including hanging scrolls, albums, and fan-paper paintings, it is the large paintings decorating temples, shrines, and the residences of warriors which represent the opulant vitality of this period.'

Anthony Gormley: Field for the British Isles. 'Field for the British Isles is one of Antony Gormley's best-loved works of art, featuring 40,000 clay figures handmade by a community in St Helen's on Merseyside. Drawing on his background in anthropology and his interest as a figurative sculptor in the relative perception of space and mass, the artist's concept of a 'field' of surrogate human beings first took shape in New York and Sydney in 1989. Much larger versions of Field were subsequently made in Mexico, Brazil and Sweden, leading on to Field for the British Isles in 1993. Since its acquisition by the Arts Council Collection in 1995, with the support of the Henry Moore Foundation and the National Art Collections Fund, Field has been seen by more than 250,000 people at venues throughout the UK ... '

Florida Folk Art Online Gallery. 'Welcome to my online Outsider Art Gallery. I collect outsider art, also known as Folk Art or Visionary Art. For more information on this art please check out the links page.'
'There are lots of sites on the net that show work from the masters of Contemporary Folk Art such as Mose Tolliver, R.A.Miller, and Jimmy Sudduth. On this site I have attempted to highlight the works in my collection from the up and coming stars of Contemporary Outsider Art ... '

Garde Rail Gallery. More outsider art.
Jesus says buy more folk art.

Folky Art. Outsider art and folk art.

Spirit of the Ya Ya Ya. Outsider art.

Creative Growth, Bay Area programme for artists with disabilities.

Tending the Commons. 'Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia incorporates 679 excerpts from original sound recordings and 1,256 photographs from the American Folklife Center's Coal River Folklife Project (1992-99) documenting traditional uses of the mountains in Southern West Virginia's Big Coal River Valley. Functioning as a de facto commons, the mountains have supported a way of life that for many generations has entailed hunting, gathering, and subsistence gardening, as well as coal mining and timbering. The online collection includes extensive interviews on native forest species and the seasonal round of traditional harvesting (including spring greens; summer berries and fish; and fall nuts, roots such as ginseng, fruits, and game) and documents community cultural events such as storytelling, baptisms in the river, cemetery customs, and the spring "ramp" feasts using the wild leek native to the region. Interpretive texts outline the social, historical, economic, environmental, and cultural contexts of community life, while a series of maps and a diagram depicting the seasonal round of community activities provide special access to collection materials. '

Chicago Anarchists on Trial. 'This collection showcases more than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints and artifacts relating to the Haymarket Affair. The violent confrontation between Chicago police and labor protesters in 1886 proved to be a pivotal setback in the struggle for American workers' rights. These materials pertain to: the May 4, 1886 meeting and bombing; to the trial, conviction and subsequent appeals of those accused of inciting the bombing; and to the execution of four of the convicted and the later pardon of the remaining defendants. Of special interest and significance are the two dozen images of three-dimensional artifacts, including contemporary Chicago Police Department paraphernalia, labor banners, and an unexploded bomb casing given to juror J. H. Brayton by Chicago Police Captain Michael Schaack. The cornerstone is the presentation, as images and searchable text, of the transcript of the 3,200 pages of proceedings from the murder trial of State of Illinois v. August Spies, et al. '
Autobiographies of two defendants, August Spies and Albert Parsons.

Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library. 'Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library highlights two collections at the Library of Congress that illuminate the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the sixteenth president of the United States. The Abraham Lincoln Papers housed in the Manuscript Division contain approximately 20,000 items including correspondence and papers accumulated primarily during Lincoln's presidency. Transcriptions and annotations for the Papers are available through a cooperative agreement with the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College. The "We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!" online collection, drawn from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, includes more than two hundred sheet-music compositions that represent Lincoln and the war as reflected in popular music. In addition to the sheet music, the Stern Collection contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, autograph letters, prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, and other memorabilia adding up to over 10,500 items that offer a unique view of Lincoln's life and times. Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library provides access to a variety of documents and resources about Abraham Lincoln. This project is being supported by a generous gift from Donald G. Jones, Terri L. Jones, and The Jones Family Foundation. '
We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!": Sheet Music about Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Civil War from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana.
Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

W.P.A. - New Deal Art During the Great Depression. 'On May 6, 1935, the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) was created to help provide economic relief to the citizens of the United States who were suffering through the Great Depression. The artistic community had already become inspired during the 1920s and '30s by the revitalization of the Italian Renaissance fresco style by the inspired creations of Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueriros. Certain visionary U.S. politicians decided to combine the creativity of the new art movements with the values of the American people. The Federal Art Project was one of the divisions of the W.P.A. created under Federal Project One. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had made several attempts prior to the F.A.P. to provide employment for artists on relief, namely the Public Works of Art Project (P.W.A.P.) which operated from 1933 to 1934 and the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture which was created in 1934 after the demise of the P.W.A.P. However, it was the F.A.P. which provided the widest reach, creating over 5,000 jobs for artists and producing over 225,000 works of art for the American people.'

Memorial Hall Stained Glass, Harvard University.

The Spirit and Flesh: Contemporary American Realists.

Species and languages flock together. 'Areas with the most animal species also contain the greatest number of human languages, say researchers. ' Does one depend on the other? (different cultures mean different diets, different patterns of agriculture, therefore different species of plants and animals and different ecosystems; different ecosystems mean different cultures for similar reasons). Or is there a common, geographical cause for both? (areas with lots of mountains and valleys (the Caucasus, New Guinea) encourage both kinds of distinctness as large-scale movement is difficult).
Via Enigmatic Mermaid.

Netsuke as Art. Via Enigmatic Mermaid.

Salmon Label Art. Via Travelers Diagram.

Sunset. Thanks to jp.

The Adoration of the Christ Child. Is this painting an early representation of a child with Down's Syndrome?
Via medpundit, via Out of Lascaux.

19th January
Shooting Resistance: South African Photography 1976-1994. 'Held in celebration of Black History Month, the exhibition documents the period of upheavals that began with the student-led Soweto Uprising of 1976 and culminated in the collapse of the Apartheid regime and the introduction of democratic elections in 1994. '

Computer 50. 'The University of Manchester Celebrates the Birth of the Modern Computer ' (1998)
'The Small-Scale Experimental Machine, known as SSEM, or the "Baby", was designed and built at the University of Manchester, and made its first successful run of a program on June 21st 1948. It was the first machine that had all the components now classically regarded as characteristic of the basic computer. Most importantly it was the first computer that could store not only data but any (short!) user program in electronic memory and process it at electronic speed ... '

History of Emoticons. Via the Smiley Dictionary.

Living Internet, 'the Internet's most comprehensive site about the Internet. '

Early Photographs of Tibet. 'portfolio of 20 haunting black and white photographs primarily made by Sonam Gyatso Thartse Ken Rinpoche (1930-1988), abbot of Ngor Monastery in Tibet in the early 50's, before the Chinese Occupation of Tibet. Other images were taken by his brother Lama Kunga Rinpoche (1935- ) presently teaching in Berkeley, California and his cousin Jetsun Sakya Kushola, one of the highest woman Lamas in Tibet, presently teaching in Vancouver, B.C. Photos made by the few foreigners who entered Tibet before the Chinese Communist takeover tend to appear staged and their subjects overly emphasized. These photos made by Tibetan ecclesiastics of their own environment are direct and uncontrived even though they sometimes depict some of the most famous celebrities of Tibetan culture ... '
Recent Photographs of Tibet.

Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas.

Conserving Tibetan Art and Architecture. 'During China's Cultural Revolution, Buddhist monasteries in Tibet suffered disastrous damage--either through outright destruction or benign neglect. Since the early 1980s, Tibetans have been allowed to reactivate and repair surviving monasteries--but far too often the repairs are shoddy and damage the traditional character of these venerable buildings. Our goal is to save some of the last intact monasteries on the eastern plateau. '
Baiya murals.

Phrygians. Ancient history.

Self-Portrait, Picasso.

Mademoiselle Yvonne Landsberg, Matisse. 'This painting is one of the most mysterious portraits of the twentieth century. '

Uniting the Kingdoms. How the English, Welsh, Scots and Irish thought of their national identities in the Middle Ages, and how they ended up with a Scottish king. Actually very entertaining.

The Bayeux Tapestry. The Norman conquest of England. Image-intensive.
The full tapestry, in 35 parts.
Tapestry highlights.

Churchill: The Evidence. 'This exploration of the life of Sir Winston Churchill has been created by the National Library of Scotland and the Churchill Archives Centre, and is based on a major exhibition in the National Library of Scotland in the summer of 1999. It uses original documents and photographs to tell the story of one of the twentieth century's most important figures.'

FBI Files on Winston Churchill.

The Life and Times of Sir Winston Churchill.

Whalley Abbey, Lancashire. 'Although Whalley is a place where Christian worship has been offered for well over a thousand years - as the Paulinus legend and the Celtic crosses in the churchyard testify - the monks came at a comparatively late date... '

The Electronic Grosseteste. 'Welcome to the Electronic Grosseteste, a web-site dedicated to providing electronic access to the Latin works of Robert Grosseteste (ca. 1170-1253). Materials relating to Grosseteste's life, and the thirteenth century may also be found here.'

Images of Churches in Suffolk.

Tombstone, Arizona.
This month in history.